We sometimes forget the impetuses that sparked our interest in the justice system. Two recent new items from the current debates about the limits of presidential power remind us of the importance of the lawyer’s independent judgment.
Remember Alberto Mora and John Dean.
A fine piece in the New Yorker about Alberto J. Mora, the current International Counsel for Walmart
Mr Mora was General Counsel to the US Navy who raised concerns about the legality of the treatment of captives in a comprehensive memorandum laying out chapter and verse of wrongdoing – the most effective defence of the Geneva Conventions and a searing rebuttal for the gloves are off, by any means necessary Jay Bybee memorandum to Alberto Gonzales.
Mr. Mora’s story is a moving one for any lawyer. He has just won the JFK Profile in Courage Award and is being talked about as a candidate for General Counsel of the Year
John Dean – yes, that John Dean
His testimony was controversial
Given the ironies of history, the position he advanced is fascinating for any lawyer to read.